Holiday Recipes

Here you will find Pearson Farm's Holiday Recipes, perfect for serving at your family gatherings and holiday parties.
  • Pearson Farm Snickerdoodle Decorating Contest

    A staggering  number of boxes filled with roasted pecans, homemade cakes, decadent chocolates, and sweet jellies have made their way out the doors of Pearson Farm this week.  That doesn't happen without long hours, tired backs, fatigued minds, a testy attitude or two, and maybe even a temper tantrum, so.... Just for fun, and because we had nothing better to do (yeah, right!), we had a cookie decorating contest in our Mail Order Department yesterday.  We pulled out a couple dozen of our delicious Pecan Snickerdoodle Cookies, brought in icing, sprinkles, candies, and Maple Pecan Crumbles, and transformed the cookies into Holiday masterpieces.  We even invited Mr. Al to choose the winning cookie..... here are a few of the entries

    What's that saying, "All work and no play make Jack a dull boy"?  Here's what we have to say about that....Yesterday, Pearson Farm had a record season shipping day.  We fulfilled all our orders and had them on the Brown truck 30 minutes before closing time.... AND found time to decorate cookies......  Nobody can ever call Pearson's a dull Farm!!

    Please help us congratulate Ana, who was chosen the Pearson Farm Snickerdoodle Decorating Champion!  She piped icing all over her cookie to create the cutest green face, red hat and scarf.  She delicately placed the candies for his mouth and hat decorations.  Mr. Al was very impressed with her cookie decorating skills,  but I really think it was the eyelashes that got him ;)

    If cookie decorating happens to make your Holiday to-do list, don't forget to order some of our Pearson Farm Snickerdoodle cookies.  They are the perfect size and shape, not to mention, they are DELICIOUS!! We hope you will take our lead and plan a fun activity  with your family during the holidays.  After all, the best days are always spent with the ones you love.... 

     

  • Thanksgiving Came A Little Early To Pearson Farm

    Whether you're preparing a simple meal for a few or a feast for many, we are certain that the Thanksgiving menu is at the top of your To Do list.  Recently, we were discussing our Thanksgiving traditions during lunch and it got us to thinking..... how could we use pecans in more ways on our Thanksgiving tables? As you know, we LOVE pecans around here, and we try to use them as much as possible, so we were surprised to find that other than desserts, nuts (especially) pecans are an underused ingredient in most Thanksgiving eats.

    We made the decision right then and there that Pearson Farm needed to change that fact. Quickly, this simple idea turned into a challenge for our Mail Order team.  We shared family recipes and favorite dishes. We checked out cooking websites and shared special traditions.  Our break room turned into a perpetual Thanksgiving test kitchen as we experimented with sweet potatoes, cornbread, and LOTS of green beans. Our goal was to create traditional, Thanksgiving-inspired dishes that contained our crunchy, buttery Pearson Farm pecans.

    After 2 months, the menu is finally complete.  Along with a few already found on our website, we have created a THANKSGIVING RECIPE Section that highlights 12 of these delicious, inspired, and in some cases, clever holiday recipes that will be savored by all your holiday guests.  We have truly enjoyed every minute of searching, inventing, cooking and especially eating these dishes, but our favorite part of the whole experience was spending time together, sharing delicious food, making wonderful memories, and creating new ones to talk about for years to come.  Our little challenge turned into an early Thanksgiving celebration at Pearson Farm.  We invite you to try these wonderful dishes, and if you do, please make sure to send us a picture and leave us a comment here or on our Facebook page.  We hope you and yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

     

  • A Recipe That Won’t Drive You Nuts

    There is no question that spending time with family and friends at the holidays is a joy. But sometimes preparing for guests can be a bit overwhelming.  At Pearson Farm, we understand the importance of wanting to enjoy quality time with people we hold dear and not spending hours in the kitchen preparing food. That’s why Lanier and Adeline Pearson have prepared this fast, simple  and delicious cranberry sauce recipe featuring Pearson Farm Georgia Pecans. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser this holiday. You can watch us make it here: https://youtu.be/o03FsdHvmGw

    Cranberry Sauce with Pecans

    •   1 (16 oz) can whole cranberry sauce
    •   1 (15 oz) can sliced pears, drained & chopped
    •   1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained
    •   1 Granny Smith apple, peeled & chopped
    •   1 c sugar
    •   ½ c dried fruit mix
    •   ½ tsp cinnamon
    •   ½ chopped pecans

    Combine all ingredients except pecans in a saucepan.  Cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat 45 minutes or until thickened, stirring often.  Remove sauce from heat.  Cover & chill. Add pecans right before serving.

    Also be sure to check out all of our delicious holiday favorites at Pearson Farm.com Make sure that your home is well stocked with delicious signature pecan treats and other irresistible treats.

    From our family to your we wish you a very Merry Christmas.

  • A Date For Christmas

    Even if you are married, we have a new date for you this Christmas. Lanier Pearson will show you a fast and simple way to turn Pearson Farm pecans and dates into a delicious appetizer. Your family, friends and guest are going to love these as well.

    This recipe is so simple all you need is the ingredients:

    Instructions:

    Stuff 1 Pearson Farm Elliot Pecan half and a little cream cheese into a date and wrap with bacon. Place the stuffed dates on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Eat when they cool.

    Check out the video at the link below:
    https://youtu.be/mylZ3SMvleo

    For this recipe and others go to Pearson Farm.com

  • Thanksgiving Is Almost Here and I Cranberry Stand It

    After turkey, there are 2 foods that simply define Thanksgiving; cranberry sauce and pecans. Here is a bit of holiday history.

    Cranberry sauce, or relish as some refer, was first sold in 1912 and became a mass market item during the 1940’s. Cranberries, are one of the only fruits actually native to North America.

    Pecans, have their roots (I couldn’t resist) in central and eastern North America and the river valleys of Mexico. Pecans have been consumed as far back as the pre-colonials, who began the Thanksgiving traditions that we still follow today.

    Cranberry Pecan Relish Cranberry Pecan Relish

    Pearson Farm has been growing Pecans in Georgia since 1885. Our 5th generation farm has been a family tradition just like Thanksgiving has been yours. So, this year we wanted to give you a recipe to bring this all together.

    We would like to elevate the humble canned cranberry sauce recipe with our own take, adding our award-winning Georgia Pecans. This recipe is sure to please everyone at your Thanksgiving feast. To watch the recipe click on the link below:

    https://youtu.be/o03FsdHvmGw

    Cranberry Sauce with Pearson Farm Pecans

    • 1 (16 oz) can whole cranberry sauce
    • 1 (15 oz) can sliced pears, drained & chopped
    • 1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained
    • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled & chopped
    • 1 cup sugar
    • ½ cup dried fruit mix
    • ½ tsp cinnamon
    • ½ cup chopped Pearson Farm pecans

    Combine all ingredients except pecans in a saucepan. Cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat 45 minutes or until thickened, stirring often. Remove sauce from heat. Cover & chill.  Add pecans right before serving.

    Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.

  • Holiday Time Is Nuts

    I was in the store this past weekend and when looking at the shelf, I did a cartoon double take. I closed then rubbed my eyes, and when they opened again I was still seeing the same thing – Christmas decorations!

    Call me old school but isn’t September just a little bit too early to start thinking about the holidays? After some additional consideration I thought that this was a great time to start planning. While I still believe that it IS too early to be worrying about Christmas, I realized that Halloween is just about 45 days away. Thanksgiving is a month after that and that is the start of the full-fledged holiday party season. The time to start planning is now.

    So to get your creative culinary juices flowing, I thought I would give you a couple of quick seasonal suggestions. Here is a quick and easy recipe for Pecan Balls:

    Pecan Balls Pecan Balls


    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup butter
    • 4 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 2 cups flour
    • 2 cups chopped Georgia pecans from Pearson Farm
    • Powdered sugar

    Directions:

    Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla, then flour and pecans. Mix well. Roll into small balls. Bake 30 - 40 minutes on cookie sheet at 300 degrees. Roll in powdered sugar.

     

    But if making holiday treats is not your thing, we have you covered there as well.  Pearson Farm offers made from scratch cakes, pies and treats that will make you proud. Here is on example:

    Pearson's Cinnamon Pecan Crumble Cake  – Click on the name to learn more

    Cinnamon Pecan Crumble Cake Cinnamon Pecan Crumble Cake

    Made with cinnamon and fresh Pearson Farm pecans, this buttery cake bakes up to form a crumbly topping.  Perfect as a breakfast treat or finishing touch to any meal.

  • Pearson Farm and Holiday Food Talk

    We wanted to do a quick post to let everyone know that Pearson Farm is scheduled to be featured on 2 upcoming radio shows.

    The first one will be on Saturday Nov. 22 at 11am EST. John Walters will interview Al Pearson on “The Food Dude Show”. The program will be broadcast on WMAS AM
    Al Pearson will speaking about the history of Pearson Farm and the types of pecans that Pearson Farm offers. To learn more about “The Food Dude” you can see his website at - http://www.foodduderadio.com/  You can listen to the show live here - http://player.listenlive.co/26121

     The second interview will be on Monday, Nov. 24 at 9:30am EST broadcasting on WKNY AM. Radio host Warren Lawrence will interview Al Pearson. Al is expected to be talking about Georgia Pecan Month, which is this month (November). He will also be talking about some delicious gift ideas for holidays. We will be paying special attention to hear about chocolate covered pecans and a variety of gift tins.

    Click on this link to listen live to the WKNY AM broadcast - http://1490wkny.com/listen-live/

  • Holiday Recipe Season, Southern Style

    It’s official. We've entered holiday recipe season. Here at Pearson Farm we want you to consider making southern style recipes this holiday season. Now before you dismiss this thought it is important to point out that southern style is not exclusively a geographic thing. While southern style IS born in the south, it is much more an attitude. Southern style embodies the ingredients and a style of cooking that is very much its own.

    Historically, southern style food is good, down-home cooking with its flavor roots in the rural South. When you think of southern style foods you immediately think of hot biscuits, collard greens, grits, corn bread and fried chicken. But nothing says Hello Holiday’s like praline pecans. In fact, putting pecans in nearly any holiday dish is a well rooted southern tradition that we hold very dear.

    As growers of Georgia pecans we hold fast to a more than 100 year tradition of “fresh from the tree” thinking when it comes to pecans. As we enter the holiday season we embrace the opportunity and the southern tradition of including pecans in nearly every single meal.

    As you begin to plan your holiday meals we encourage you to take your mouth to the south and embrace southern style holiday recipes. May we suggest some of the following seasonal southern style dishes; cinnamon pecan rolls, pecan praline cookies, southern pecan pie, pecan crusted chicken or praline pecan crusted bacon (my personal favorite). The truth is pecans can make most dishes taste just a little bit better. Even sweet potato casserole is not complete without that perfect pinch of pecans.

    So, just like in the old southern tradition where cooks cooked with what they had available to them. We would like to make our fresh pecan crop available to you.  Stay tuned for good southern style holiday recipes from our kitchen.

  • Easy Pecan Ideas for Your Holiday Recipes

     

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  • Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping

    Sweet potato casserole with pecan topping
    Image and recipe property of: Melissa Herald

    Forget the marshmallows! Try a sweet, crunchy pecan topping on your sweet potato casserole this Thanksgiving. This recipe is not only delicious, it’s also gluten-free and paleo-friendly!

    Sweet Potatoes:

    4 sweet potatoes (large)
    ½ cup canned coconut milk
    1 Tbsp coconut oil
    ½ orange, juiced
    1 Tbsp maple syrup
    1 tsp cinnamon
    ½ tsp nutmeg

    Topping:

    ¾ cup Pearson Natural Pecan Pieces
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1 Tbsp maple syrup
    1 tsp melted coconut oil

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Rinse and peel sweet potatoes; cut into chunks and boil.
    3. When sweet potatoes are finished (soft and easy to pierce with a fork), drain and dump into mixing bowl. Add coconut milk, coconut oil, orange juice, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix until smooth and blended.
    4. Put mashed sweet potatoes into an oven safe casserole dish. Smooth out the top with a spatula.
    5. In another bowl, combine pecan pieces, cinnamon, maple syrup and coconut oil. Stir until pecan pieces are coated.
    6. Pour pecan topping evenly over sweet potatoes.
    7. Bake for 15 minutes or until brown.

    Not on a special diet? Top with brown sugar and cinnamon for a little extra sweetness. Enjoy with friends and family!

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